By Lukhangele Mayende 

Jubilee taxi rank is believed to be the heartbeat of the taxi industry, connecting the eastern side of the Eastern Cape to the rest of the country. It also connects scores of villages, township and surrounding rural towns to Mthatha.

 It was this taxi rank that provided a lifeline to the industry when the government was forced to shut-down most taxi ranks in Mthatha at the height of the taxi violence in this city some four years ago.

This much needed refurbishment started in June 2019, after Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe decided to intervene in the improvement of the legal taxi ranks in Mthatha and its immediate surroundings with the aim to upgrade the taxi rank to be in an acceptable standard that is required for formal public transport operations.

MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe has reminded operators that the taxi rank does not belong to any particular taxi organization, pleading with the different organisations to work together in harmony, as the rank is a crucial public transport hub for all legal role players in the industry industry and other related sectors…

 “We therefore call upon all the different organisations to work together in harmony. We call upon them to respect one another and work together in protecting this investment, for its importance goes beyond just the safe transportation of people. This taxi rank also provides a market for the cooking mamas, hawkers and even mechanics and car washes” said Tikana-Gxothiwe.

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